Daniel Saunders has become the newest member of the Lodge of Tranquillity No 3877 in a flawless and sincere initiation ceremony performed by WM David Boyes, group vice chairman Mike Cunliffe was also in attendance to witness the proceedings.
The lodge was opened by David, who conducted the normal business of the lodge after which, the ceremony of initiation commenced.
Having been prepared for the ceremony by veteran tyler Tom Lunt, Doug Lace, the inner guard, initially challenged Daniel on entry before he was received into the lodge and guided throughout the initiation ceremony by junior deacon Roy Brewis assisted by Alan Routledge senior deacon, who is Daniels work colleague and proposer.
The charge was delivered with sincerity by senior warden Alan Carter, a fine explanation of the working tools of the first degree was given by junior warden Ian McGovern. This concluded the ceremony of initiation.
Before the meeting was closed, the lodge secretary John Coppell was pleased to announce that two members of the lodge would be receiving promotion at the next meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, Fred Hulse would receive the rarely conferred rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden and David Boyes would receive the high rank of Past Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works, this was received with rapturous applause.
The lodge was then closed and everyone then retired to the festive board, where Mike Cunliffe welcomed Daniel to the Woolton Group and gave him a welcome pack. In his capacity as group mentor, David Boyes gave Christopher a copy of the initiation ceremony, and wished him well, hoping that he will enjoy his time in Freemasonry.
Article and photographs by Doug Lace.